Shocking details in case of former hand surgeon Dr. Michael Brown

It's a tangled story of missing artwork, antiques and suitcases with $3 million in cash, with drugs, alcohol and luxury cars
November 6, 2013 3:26:59 PM PST
The trustee for now-comatose hand doctor Michael Brown is asking a Houston federal bankruptcy court today to approve the sale of Brown's ranch in Normangee, Texas. The property and its exotic animals are valued at $8.5 million.

That figure is less than the millions owed by Brown to his creditors, and according to legal documents, Brown remains on life support in a Miami hospital.

The founder of the bankrupt Brown Hand Center was admitted to a hospital in Miami nearly two weeks ago, following what documents said was cardiac arrest.

According to a source involved with the tangled legal affairs, Brown was with a Russian female companion at the time of the attack. He was said to have been under the influence, and he reportedly kicked out of the windows of two of his luxury cars and urinated on the vehicles.

The source also says Brown was found to have ingested alcohol, hydrocodone and an erectile dysfunction drug when the cardiac arrest occurred. He has never regained consciousness.

No decision has been made on whether to withdraw life support.

Last week, we reported concerns by those associated with Brown's bankruptcy about whether he had hidden caches of money and assets.

Those concerns are expressed in a court document involved missing suitcases containing more than $3.2 million in cash. Also unaccounted for is a million dollars in artwork and antiques, plus a $250,000 piece of jewelry taken from his Miami home after he was hospitalized.

In federal court on Wednesday, an attorney for the bankruptcy trustee says those missing items may be rumors nothing more. But the fact remains that no one knows the extent of what Brown may have hidden.

"Even now he's brain dead in the hospital in Miami and the son of a (expletive) is still causing 400 people to lose their jobs at the medical thing that he built, he has all these lawyers running in circles up here. I mean, I'm sick of him," said David Brown, attorney for Brown's ex-wife, Rachel Brown.

David Brown has no relation to the Brown family.

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